http://www.apug.org/forums/attachmen...377982...Scott, I'm very new to the process too but I'm having a ball with it. It is possible to get decent plates from the start. The skill is in the pouring of the plates to get full coverage and a nice even coat. Here is one of my very first plates that I attempted on my own. I spent a few days with John Coffer to get me started and I highly recommend his workshop. Robert